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Welcome to the STUDENT UNION

Happy New Year MatadorU!

We hope that 2013 is off to a good start – filled with travel, creativity, and success. As you know, over the last few months MatadorU has seen a lot of upgrades and changes, and I would like to take a moment to draw your attention to some of our latest improvements.


As you can see from the navigation bar, MatadorU has a new area called the STUDENT UNION. The Student Union is where the Forums now reside, and it also contains two new features of the U – the STUDENT LIST and the SHOWCASE. The Showcase now lets students quickly and easily view blogs and assignments, ‘like’ and ‘bookmark’ their favorite showcase items, leave comments, ask questions, provide encouragement, and connect with other students. It displays blog posts and assignments that have had visibility marked as ‘All Students’ or ‘Cohort’ (this is selected on the assignment page when completing and submitting work).

The Showcase has four filter options:

  • Show All
  • Assignments (displays chapter assignments)
  • Blog Posts (displays posts from MatU blogs)
  • Bookmarked (displays showcase items that you have bookmarked)

The Student List is just that – a list of enrolled students. You can search the student body by Name or Location and filter by Activity or Enrollment Date. If you click a student’s profile image in the Student List, it will expand the profile to show what courses they are enrolled in, links to their social media accounts, and more.

We have created these new spaces in an effort to foster a more social and supportive community within the U. We seek to create an ‘ecosystem’ of travel media enthusiasts and professionals, and this is a big step in that direction – now you can more easily support and interact with your fellow students at the U.


In order to ‘like’ or ‘bookmark’ a showcase item, you must click on its thumbnail to expand it. Once the showcase item has been expanded, you will see two icons in the upper left corner – the bookmark and the flame.


You may bookmark a post by clicking the little gray bookmark icon in the upper left hand corner of the post. This allows you to keep track of posts you want to come back to or read later. (see photo)


You can ‘like’ a showcase item by another student as a way to show support and appreciation for the work being done. To do so, click the flame. (see photo)

(NOTE: you must expand the post to click the flame; the flame icon below the thumbnail only shows the number of likes.)

Thank you for being a part of our student body. We hope you enjoy these new features.

All the Best,



View Profile 2012-12-17 21:03:14 PST

This is awesome! You guys do such a great job.

View Profile 2012-12-18 00:29:04 PST

I really like the new site – very user friendly and exciting! Well done and congratulations!

View Profile 2012-12-18 03:54:46 PST

student union looks great – but if i search for myself in the student list, i don’t show up. did i get lost in the shuffle? will my assignments show in the showcase if i don’t show in the search list?

View Profile 2012-12-19 04:41:21 PST

I’d like to start off by saying that I really am enjoying the new feel of the Student Union section. I’m quite excited to check it out at length.

I am, however, in the same boat as jbillock in the post above mine. I searched for myself based on first name, first and last, and username, and I haven’t turned up anywhere, nor has my Chapter 1 writing assignment (which was posted on 10 December). Is this because I signed up at MU before all the changes happened, and then actually began classes in earnest afterwards? What can I do on my end to facilitate fixing this?

View Profile 2012-12-19 14:20:45 PST

Hang tight, that bug is in the process of being fixed!

View Profile 2012-12-20 03:08:56 PST

Hi Candice,

Any updates on this? I’m still not showing in the Student List.



View Profile 2012-12-29 20:46:35 PST

Just sent the tech guy another email. Was told it’s an easy fix, I’m sure he’s just been on holidays. Will update you soon!

View Profile 2013-01-02 14:31:42 PST

Should be all fixed now — give it a try and let me know!

View Profile 2013-01-02 17:27:21 PST

it works for me now. thanks!

View Profile 2013-01-07 20:35:11 PST

Hi I am having the same problem. When I search my name in the student list nothing comes up. Also, I am having trouble accessing the writing bonus. When I click it, it takes me to the enrollment screen. The writing labs are located in the writing bonus section right? Thank you for your help in fixing these issues. Besides those two issues I am thrilled with the new layout!

View Profile 2013-03-14 13:46:37 PDT

Labs are in the Forum – which is in the Student Union. Check the writing forum for lab updates.

Heather – I found you in the student list, I’m not sure what the issue is.

As far as writing bonus material – all writing students that are paid in full should have access – the link works fine for me.

what browser are you using?

View Profile 2013-03-15 15:04:19 PDT

I tried first on android 4.0 from my tablet and phone, thenI downloaded firefox and still wouldnt access it so I tried the library’s computer to no avail?

View Profile 2013-03-26 09:32:49 PDT